Senate reps tour small businesses
Representatives from North Carolina’s delegation in the United States Senate were in Mitchell County Thursday, Feb. 8, to tour small businesses.
Regional Representative Jordan Barnes from Sen. Thom Tillis’ office and Field Representative Robin Ramsey from Sen. Richard Burr’s office spent the day with Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Patti Jensen touring McManus Microwave on Beans Creek Road, and Spruce Pine businesses Burleson’s Plumbing & Heating and the Cross Street Commerce Center.
The group had lunch at Lee’s Country Café in Bakersville.
“Our trip to Mitchell County was enjoyable and I want to thank Patti Jensen and the Chamber of Commerce for all the hard work,” Barnes said. “We had the opportunity to talk to small-business owners, hear their concerns as well as learn what the people of Mitchell County would like to accomplish in the future.”
McManus Microwave is a microwave component design, prototyping, engineering consulting, research and development, testing and evaluation, and manufacturing business that was formed in 1990. The business supplies ferrite components – a ceramic compound consisting of a mixed oxide of iron and one or more other metals used in high-frequency electrical components, such as antennas – and subsystems to the microwave systems market.
Today McManus Microwave specializes in sub-miniature, broad bandwidth and high-power circulators, isolators and other devices.
After eating lunch at Lee’s Country Café, Barnes, Ramsey and Jensen visited the 70-year-old Burleson’s Plumbing & Heating Co. at 141 Highland Ave., which has nearly 40 employees.
“Small businesses need your help,” said Kenny Burleson, president and owner of Burleson’s Plumbing & Heating. “We need people driving nails. That’s as important as anything to our economy here.”
The group finished its day in Mitchell County talking to David Whitson about not only Whitson Electric but also the Cross Street Commerce Center.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy,” Barnes said. “It’s great to businesses in Mitchell County thriving.”